Journalists Confused about Between and Among

Grammar rule: between refers to 2, among refers to more than 2.

• Steve Inskeep (NPR) referred to the “shared interest between Iraq, Iran, and Russia.”

Correction: among Iran, Iraq, and Russia

  • Tom Gjelten (NPR) spoke about 3 immigrant boys who “between them” shared basic American traits.

Correction: among them

  • Bill Hemmer (Fox) commenting on Republican presidential candidates: “Between Bush, and Kassich, and Christie, there’s a lot of pressure.”

Correction: among Bush, and Kassich, and Christie….

  • Lauren Frayer (NPR) reporting on the trial of Spain’s Princess Cristina: “They had to clear a path between all the TV cameras.”

Correction: among all the TV cameras